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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Warm & Fuzzy ~ Lentil Soup

i'm not a naturally warm and fuzzy kind of person. i'm not a bad person but i certainly am not what one would call kind. i'm too practical. and i'm not fishing for compliments or anyone to contradict what i'm saying either. any of my close circle of friends will tell you that i'm not the go-to person for empathy. when i say i'm not naturally like that, that's not to say that i can't be like that. sure, i can do and say all the right things. you just broke up with your boyfriend, i will wail, burn his stuff with you and talk shit about him with you. you need a pick me up, i will be your cheerleader, saying all the right positive things you need and really want to hear. however, when you're sick my first instinct is to haul ass out of the room to avoid contamination. i will wish you luck, tell you to chug some nyquil and call me when you're feeling better. for me when i'm sick, i just want to dig a hole, climb in and wallow alone. i don't like being checked up on, i don't like having to check in, i just want to recover at my leisure, in peace... Alone.

however, i realize not everyone is like me. some people like being coddled, fawned over, taken care of. i get it. when Nuria was feeling under the weather recently, i threw together a lentil soup. apparently it doesn't get too cold in Spain and this schizophrenic changing weather of autumn is wreaking havoc on her system. i did throw in a dash of cayenne pepper, to bring some heat to the soup. whenever i was a sick as a kid, my grandparents would make me rice porridge and load up on the black pepper. used to make me sweat. personally, i didn't love the soup but nuria really dug into it. i'd like to say that i have magic cooking skills, strong enough to cure ailments. cus you know it's not cus of my kindness that is curing her! :)

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Lentil Soup
adapted from Almost Meatless by Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond

1 Tbl olive oil
4 oz bacon
1 small onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 small fennel bulb, diced
1 Tbl tomato paste
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of crushed tomatos
1 1/2 cups brown lentils
6 cups of water
1 bay leaf
dash of cayenne pepper
1 Tbl balsamic vinegar

heat up the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. add the bacon and cook till done. remove bacon and set aside. Add the onions, celery, carrots, fennel and salt. adjust the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened. Add the tomato past, stirring well to coat the vegetables and cook for about 2 minutes to melt the paste. Add the garlic, tomatoes, lentils, bay leaf and water. Turn the heat to high, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and chuck bay leaf.

now, the recipes calls for pureeing, i ix-nayed that part. it's originally a cheesy soup, with the use of parmesan or romano cheese. i wasn't having any of that. i just served the soup as was, drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

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9 comments:

  1. Just want to say - I cherish your honesty.

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  2. Ha! Your whole argument is undermined when you make soup for your sick roommate. *Gasp.* That shows that you're actually nice! Don't worry. I won't tell anyone.

    My verification word is "holestim." Are there holes in my argument or yours? ;)

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  3. The "creamy" texture of lentil against the tangy tomato-based broth is amazing. This is one of my favorite go-to soups.

    You're fun the way you are, Lan, and that's why we like you. :) Now that I know, should the need to burn stuff or talk #@*& about someone arise, I'll come to you for sure.

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  4. What a beautiful looking soup! That color alone could have brought me back from the dead.

    I'm the same way, to a degree. I'm not anti-social (okay, scratch that, I'm totally anti-social but I'm not, you know, anti-social, if you follow) - but there is a peace in solitude that is often underestimated.

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  5. I baby my husband when he's sick with homemade food but when I'm the invalid, he bundles me up in the car and takes me to a Mexican hole-in-the-wall for some menudo or posole, or to our fave Viet place for pho. Soup saves lives! 8-)

    You're there when it counts! Anyone can blow their nose on their own but burning stuff and talking smack need a great friend.

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  6. shannalee, thank you. honesty is the best policy! :)

    SKM, if you're ever sick and you're nearby, i will make this for you. then i'll make you leave, chug a nyquil and call it a day. :)

    Chi WC, haha thanks alot for calling me out girl! :)

    Leela, anytime you need me, i'm there. i also do really good prank calls to the exes. just throwing it out there for you.

    Jeff, YES! not only is it underestimated, it's unappreciated. my solitude time does not like being ignored.

    tangled noodle, i truly believe Pho saves all ailments. hangovers, flu, cold, massive hunger... possibly crime... you know. :)

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  7. I baby my husband when he's sick with homemade food but when I'm the invalid, he bundles me up in the car and takes me to a Mexican hole-in-the-wall for some menudo or posole, or to our fave Viet place for pho. Soup saves lives! 8-)

    You're there when it counts! Anyone can blow their nose on their own but burning stuff and talking smack need a great friend.

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  8. Just want to say - I cherish your honesty.

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